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The Slanted Screen

Jeff Adachi's hour-long video traces the portrayal of Asian men in Hollywood movies and reveals that their heyday might well have been the early silent era, when Sessue Hayakawa played romantic leads opposite white women. Soon afterward came an abrupt retreat into such stereotypes as Charlie Chan, Fu Manchu, and Mr. Moto, as well as myriad racist images of Japanese men during World War II. Adachi interviews a broad range of Asian-American actors, writers, directors, and producers, many of whom took the long view, optimistic that someday they'd be granted their full humanity on-screen.

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